As you might suspect, four singles was not enough offense for the Yankees to win tonight. All things considered — how little their offense produced, how rocky their starting pitcher was — the Yankees kept it close for a while, but close didn’t mean much in a 5-2 loss to the A’s. Having built some momentum just last week, the Yankees are now a loss away from being swept. Not surprisingly, one hit in the first five innings did nothing to put the Yankees on the board. One hit in the sixth did help produce a run (with help from a walk and a sac fly), and one hit in the seventh led to another run (with a hit by pitch and a wild pitch). Problem was, that was the extent of the Yankees offense after a two-out walk and single went nowhere in the ninth. Starter Phil Hughes had a Phil Hughes start. There were moments when he made some fine pitches, got some strikeouts and got out of some trouble. There were other moments when he walked too many batters and gave up a two-run homer. For the fifth time this season – two of which were his first two starts of the year – Hughes failed to pitch out of the fifth inning. He allowed three runs with five walks through 4.1 innings. Two of those runs came on the first of two homers by Brandon Moss. The second Moss homer came as part of a two-run eighth inning against Joba Chamberlain. Oh, and Preston Claiborne walked a batter for the first time in his big league career. It was that kind of night.
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